Judge: - Mr. Derrick Higginson Jr. (Rodekes)Winners
Bitch CC & Best In Show: - Myers & Morgan - Ch /IT Ch Optimus Rhondda JW WW15
Dog CC & Reserve Best In Show: - Myers & Morgan's - Ch Optimus Daffyd JW
Reserve Dog CC: - Myers & Morgan's - Optimus Danzy Jones
Reserve Bitch CC :- Lindley's – Ch Hyerdunscar The Big Tease JW IR JCh CJW 16 BW 18
Best Puppy Dog & Best Puppy In Show:- McGroarty's – Cane Guardiano Wot U Gonna Do Ardhub
Veteran Dog & Best Veteran In Show: - Bown & Wilfort's - Sundabish Gok Wan
Best Puppy Bitch:- Beal’s - Emsuart Aphrodite
Best Brindle Bitch & Best Brindle In Show: - Abbott's - Ardhub Black Encounter For Alonzobar
Pictured left to right with Judge Mr. Derrick Higginson Jr.:- BCC & Best In Show, Ch /IT Ch Optimus Rhondda JW WW15 • DCC & Reserve Best In Show, Ch Optimus Daffyd JW
RDCC - Optimus Danzy Jones
RBCC - Ch Hyerdunscar The Big Tease JW IR JCh CJW 16 BW 18
BVD & Best Veteran In Show - Sundabish Gok Wan
BPD & Best Puppy In Show - Cane Guardiano Wot U Gonna Do Ardhub
BPB & Best Oposite Sex Puppy In Show - Emsuart Aphrodite
Best Brindle In Show - Ardhub Black Encounter For Alonzobar
It was an honour to be invited to Judge at The Northern Bullmastiff Clubs Championship show and many thanks to Gary Shirt, Debbie Lovatt and the hard working team that helped to make the experience very pleasurable. Thanks also to my ring stewards who worked hard and managed the ring well on the day.
Having not judged the breed for several years it was enjoyable to see the dogs, the Open class in dogs and bitches was particularly strong with several really good examples of the breed in each class. There were not the necessary numbers in the lower classes to make a viable assessment of improvement over the last few years but some very good individual dogs and bitches in some classes.
I found my BIS & Bitch CC in Myers & Morgan’s Ch. /It Ch Optimus Rhonnda JW. A compact 6 yr. old Fawn bitch. She excelled in every department, Strong yet feminine not the biggest yet well up to size, a pocket rocket that moved with an easy yet powerful elegance. A good head with pleasing feminine expression, strong yet graceful arched neck, leading into well placed and angled shoulders that allowed full extension at the front on the move, coupled with well angulated strongly muscled hindquarters that powered her forwards. Free from any exaggeration – a complete package. I later found that she is the Bitch CC record holder – Her 38th CC. A credit to her Breeder and owner and the breed as a whole.
Dog CC & RBIS was Myers & Morgan’s Ch. Optimus Dafydd JW. A solid good sized red male, 3 years old. Broad well-proportioned square head, correct eye and ears, good pigmentation deep strong front, well barrelled ribcage, strong short back with well-muscled powerful quarters with the correct bend of stifle and angulation which propel him across the ground in an effortless motion. Powerful and not cumbersome - A well balanced typical example of the breed.
BPIS was McGroarty’s Cane Guardiano Wot U Gonna Do Ardhub – 8 month red male, good head in the correct proportion, dark eye well set ears, well pigmented with a pleasing expression, strong front, well placed shoulder, short back leading to a well-proportioned rear. Good Bend of stifle, correct angulation. A well balanced, free moving young puppy with a lovely outline. One to watch.Veteran Dog (3, 1 abs)
Very strong Open Dog Class – where unplaced dogs had many virtues.
I attended my first Championship Show in 1985 at the age of 12, The British Bullmastiff League, judged by Ellis Hulme. We owned an 18 month old bitch called Belvedere Belle and were looking for a stud dog to use the following year. Belvedere Belle (Bella) was from Bunsoro and Lombardy stock. She moved well and could run all day, but had a poor head. The stud dog chosen was Ch Sharwells Mean Mr Mustard of Pitmans. We felt they complemented one another, so arranged a mating for the following year.
This mating, repeated once, resulted in 5 different CC winnners, including a Crufts BOB winner, Crufts CC winner and a life long association with Bullmastiffs. My parents and I went on to breed or own a further 5 Champion Bullmastiffs. My first judging appointment was at the age of 16, an Open Show with 4 classes. My first Championship Show awarding CCs was at Richmond on 2002 at the age of 29. I judged at CC level on 2 other occasions in 2006 and 2011, and last judged at the Bullmastiff of the Year Event in 2014.
I look forward to judging at your show and casting my eye over the dogs once more.
Derrick Higginson (Rodekes)